Meaning of WAVE in English

I. ˈwāv verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English waven, from Old English wafian to wave with the hands; akin to Old English wǣfre wavering, restless — more at waver

intransitive verb


a. : to flutter in a breeze

waving battle streamers

: float, play, or shake in an air current : move up and down or to and fro : flap

b. obsolete : to bob on or as if on the surface of the water : toss or fluctuate in water or air

2. archaic : to waver irresolutely between conflicting courses of action or opinion : hesitate , vacillate

3. : to motion with the hands or with something held in them in signal, greeting, or salute

continued to wave to him until the train disappeared in the distance


a. of water : to move in waves, fluctuations, or undulations : heave

b. of a crowd : to move in a restless, irregular, or fluctuating way likened to that of sea waves

5. : to become moved or brandished to and fro

handkerchiefs waved as the president rode by

his sword waved and flashed

6. obsolete : to bend from side to side : move sinuously

7. : to move before the wind with a wavelike motion and appearance

field of waving grain

8. : to follow a curving line or take a wavy form : undulate

seen from a distance, its outline curves and waves in a Romanesque tracery

transitive verb

1. : to swing (something) back and forth ; especially : to lift up (a sacrifice) and move back and forth before the altar in consecration

take the breast of the ram of Aaron's ordination and wave it for a wave offering before the Lord — Exod 29:26 (Revised Standard Version)

2. : to impart a curving or undulating shape or design to : decorate with a wavy surface, edge, or outline

waved her hair and manicured her nails


a. : to motion to (someone) to go in an indicated direction or to stop : flag , signal

waved down an approaching motorist to ask for help

looked at my identification card and then waved me on

b. : to gesture with (as the arm) in greeting or farewell, in celebration of someone's triumph, or in homage to an honored person : make a sweeping, circling, or twirling movement with

waved hats and handkerchiefs in welcome to their returning hero

c. : to indicate by a sweep of hand or arm : signify

waved farewell from the ship's rail

waved dismissal as he turned and left

the officer waved acknowledgement — Wirt Williams

4. : to flap (the wings) in or as if in flight

5. : brandish , flourish , shake

waved a loaded pistol menacingly

6. : to blow (something) to and fro : flutter

the troops plodded by and a desultory breeze waved their banners from time to time

7. archaic : to move (the head) up and down : bob

8. : to toss (as a blossom) in the breeze

trees waved leafy heads

Synonyms: see swing

II. noun

( -s )


a. : a ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid (as of the sea) having normally a forward motion distinct from the oscillatory motion of the particles that successively compose it : a minute ridge that is largely dependent on surface tension : a ridge of larger size that is dependent on the force of gravity : an undulation that is dependent on the friction between wind and water — compare breaker , ripple

b. : a body of water


a. : a shape or outline having successive curves like those of ocean waves : one of the crests of such a form or a crest with its adjacent trough

b. : a natural waviness of the hair or a dressing intended to simulate it — compare marcel , permanent wave

c. : an undulating line or streak (as in glass, steel, or textiles) or a pattern formed by such lines

3. : something likened to an ocean wave as stormy or unsettling: as

a. : a surge of sensation or emotion

a wave of nausea

a wave of anger

a wave of tenderness

b. : one of the troubles or vicissitudes of life or fortune

c. : a tide of opinion or sentiment carrying many with it : a movement sweeping large numbers in a common direction : contagion

d. : a peak or climax of intensity : the moment of greatest activity or strongest feeling

a wave of enthusiasm

4. : a sweep of hand or arm or of some object held in the hand used as a signal, greeting, or other indication

5. : a long ridge of ground rounded into the shape of an ocean wave

6. : a rolling or undulatory movement or one of a series of such movements passing along a surface or through the air

7. : a movement likened to that of an ocean wave: as

a. : a tide, advance, or surge of settlers : one of a succession of influxes of people migrating into a region


(1) : a large group of animals of one kind

the final wave of migrating ducks

(2) : a sudden rapid increase in an animal population or its effects

a very severe fly-strike wave followed the moist summer

c. : a line of attacking or advancing troops, landing craft, combat vehicles, or aircraft

it was D company; our second wave — H.G.Wells

8. : a disturbance or variation that transfers itself and energy progressively from point to point in a medium or in space in such a way that each particle or element influences the adjacent ones and that may be in the form of an elastic deformation or of a variation of level or pressure, of electric or magnetic intensity, of electric potential, or of temperature — see longitudinal wave , transverse wave

9. : a change in temperature or a period of hot or cold weather — compare cold wave , hot wave

10. : earth wave 1

11. : radio wave

12. : an undulating or jagged line constituting a graphic representation (as of heart action in an electrocardiogram, brain waves in an electroencephalogram, an earthquake in a seismogram, or a varying electric current in an oscilloscope)



variant of waive

IV. noun

( -s )

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: W omen A ccepted for V olunteer E mergency Service

1. : a member of the Women's Reserve of the United States Navy formed during World War II

2. : a woman serving in the United States Navy

V. noun

Usage: often capitalized

: a display by spectators at a sports event in which they rise in rapid succession, lift their arms overhead, and sit down again quickly so that a continuous swell appears to move through the stands

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